Academic Year 2006/07
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Fellows in the academic year 2006/07:
Professor Chris Bounds
Chris Bounds was born in Eastbourne and educated at its grammar school. At Oxford he gained BA and D Phil degrees in Physics. After five years teaching at the College of Wooster, Ohio, he moved to Manchester Grammar School and completed an M Ed at Manchester University.
In 1977, he joined Christ Church as a lecturer in both Science and Education. The College then had about 650 students, almost all preparing for teaching. From 1980 to 1988, he was head of the Science Department, and also contributed to the development of Masters Degrees in Education and of the PhD programme.
In 1988, Dr Bounds entered Senior Management as Dean of Studies, later becoming Assistant Principal (Academic) and, in 2002, Vice Principal. He had oversight of a range of activities, including Registry and Admissions for most of the period and Academic Quality and Standards for all of it. He also had responsibility for relations with partner institutions and oversaw the merger with the College of Guidance Studies. For a significant period he was responsible for Information Services.
In 1999, Chris was awarded the title of Professor, and remains involved with the research degree programme. He became the first Deputy Vice-Chancellor when the institution achieved University title, and retired in December 2005.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time. His works reach an unusually large and varied public. Plainchant, musical tradition and the haunting landscape of his adopted Orkney Islands all serve as inspiration to Maxwell Davies’s extraordinary and fecund imagination.
His orchestral works range from the ever-popular An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise to the series of eight Symphonies, which The Times has called “the most important symphonic cycle since Shostakovich”. His dramatic works include operas, ballets, and music-theatre works and range in style from the children’s opera Cinderella to The Lighthouse which is the most-often performed opera of the later twentieth century. His choral works range from the awe-inspiring oratorio Job to the delightful song- cycles written for children on the Orkney Islands.
Current projects include a series of ten string quartets for the recording company Naxos which are called the Naxos Quartet. He was appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in 2004.
Mrs Geraldine McCaughrean
Geraldine McCaughrean was Geraldine Jones when she attended Christ Church College, Canterbury (1973-1977), then solely given over to teacher training. But instead of teaching, she worked in magazine publishing as a sub-editor until 1989 when part-time writing became her full-time occupation.
In all she has written 140 titles – from picture books to adult novels - and has been published in 41 countries. Her awards include the Carnegie Medal, Whitbread Children’s Prize (3 times), Guardian Fiction Award, Smarties Bronzes (four times) and The Blue Peter Book of the Year.
She retells myths and legends from around the world and adapts inaccessible classics such as Moby Dick, El Cid, The Canterbury Tales, Gilgamesh and Pilgrims Progress. She has written 50 short plays for schools, a Radio 4 afternoon play, Last Call, a stage play, Dazzling Medusa for the Polka Theatre and two of her books have been dramatised by the Bristol Old Vic.
Teacher-training has of course helped with the countless school visits a children’s author undertakes. October sees the publication of her Peter Pan in Scarlet, the first authorised sequel to J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy.
Geraldine is married with a sixteen year old daughter Ailsa.
Mr Gary Rhodes OBE
Born in South London in 1960, Gary spent most of his childhood years in Gillingham. He began experimenting in the kitchen as a teenager by preparing family meals. After training at Thanet Technical College, Gary expanded his techniques in Europe and his first job was as commis chef at the Amsterdam Hilton.
Gary became the sous chef at the Reform Club, Pall Mall and then the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. Eventually he became Head Chef at the Castle Hotel in Taunton and retained the hotel's Michelin Star, at just 26 years of age.
By 1990, when he joined the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair as Head Chef, his reputation as one of the UK’s leading culinary masters was well established. Nobody was too surprised when, in 1996, he won the first Michelin Star for the Greenhouse. In 1997 he opened City Rhodes and a year later came Rhodes in the Square. Both were awarded Michelin Stars.
1999 saw Gary take a slight change of direction away from the London-based fine dining establishments into the more widely affordable and easily accessible brasseries of Rhodes & Co in Manchester, Edinburgh and Crawley.
Well-known as an ambassador for British cuisine, Gary has achieved what no other chef has previously managed to do: he has re-introduced the nation to its rich gastronomic heritage and uncovered a culinary culture to rival that of any other country in the world.